I think i said it once before on this site, but my high school experience was pretty good. I attribute this to the fact that i was friends with everyone except the real *ssholes, who had no friends anyway. A female H.S. friend once summed up my circle of friends with:
"Oh, he's very popular Ed. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, waistoids, dweebies, dickheads - they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude."
~Grace from Ferris Bueller
Let me put it this way...I used to smoke (ahem) "herbs" with the baseball teams stats kid (i was the shortstop) before going home, changing out of my uniform and going to play AD&D for several hours. I'd end the night with the metalheads doing shots of Jim Beam until a fight broke out.